Every year over 20,000 people from all over the world gather at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington for Paradiso, an annual electronic music festival. Founded in 2012, this two-day event is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, acting as nothing less than a summery Christmas for electronic music lovers in the area. It may not be UMF, but it’s huge for us fans living in Oregon and Washington.
Though Paradiso takes place on June 24 and 25, people will have already gathered for early celebration. Perfect for the locale and culture, the option to camp is great for those that love the festival lifestyle and look forward to parking next to old friends while making new ones as the days unfold. If you’re planning on attending, plan on heavy traffic even in those days leading up to the party!
Headliners this year include major names such as Bassnectar, Hardwell Excision, New World Punks, and West Coast favorites such as The Chainsmokers, Datsik, and Andrew Rayel. Many (and I mean many) more will be there, so be sure to check www.paradisofestival.com for a complete list.
If you’re considering going but remain on the fence, just do the right thing and clear your calendar. Paradiso has become a quick fan favorite not just for the music and materiality of the show, but for the memories and new friends you take away from the festival experience.
By Kelsey Murray